Brides in limbo after Raleigh shop locked up
Local brides are in limbo after the shop where they bought everything from bridal gowns to bridesmaids dresses appears to have suddenly shut down.Posted — Updated
Up to 500 brides could be in limbo after doing business at La Belle Mariee, store manager Tiffany Ragston said.
Ragston said Purser never showed up on Friday to open the store, but brides lined up outside. Through the windows, Ragston said she could see that Purser "cleared this entire place out – laptops, financial records, all the brides' records, name it. Anything that's paper is gone, except for her credit card statements.”
"She changed her phone number and blocked everybody off her Facebook," Ragston said.
Rachel Stewart said it came as a complete surprise.
"Kathy actually texted me two days ago and promised us that our flower girl dresses would be here," she said.
She was able to get her bridal gown from the seamstress. Ragston gave Wroblewski and 15 other brides their dresses over the weekend, and she said she's working to get more than 70 dresses that were in the store to the brides who paid for them.
Ragston says anyone waiting for dresses should email her at email@example.com, and she'll help if she can.
According to Ragston, many brides may lose their money because the designers were never paid, so dresses weren't shipped. Ragston says some dresses were never even ordered.
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